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Dream Theater Happy With Label Change

Of the Oakland Press

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The members of the progressive rock group Dream Theater felt comfortable with a label change, to Roadrunner Records, for the band's ninth album, "Systematic Chaos."

But they felt even better when it debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 in June, the quintet's highest chart position ever.

"There was a major difference in the set-up for this album," notes guitarist John Petrucci, 40, who co-founded Dream Theater with Berklee College of Music classmates Mike Portnoy and John Myung in 1985.

"It was actually set up this time -- different inteviews and promo trips and teasers that we did and early releases of (the single) 'Constant Motion'), things like that. It all led to the release, and it showed in all markets, not just the U.S. That's the way it needs to be done."

But Petrucci says that while the marketing and promotional efforts were all well and good, they weren't at all considered while Dream Theater was making "Systematic Chaos," an ambitious and hard-hitting album marked by long and intricately composed tracks such as the two-part suite "In the Presence of Enemies," "The Ministry of Lost Souls" and "Repentence," each of which clock in at more than 10 minutes.

"When we go into the studio and we write and record," he explains, "it's us and whatever comes naturally. We're always proud of it, and you hope it's gonna be received right.

"And every so often something comes along that we put out and a lot of people agree on liking, which seems to be the case this time."

Dream Theater, Into Eternity and Redemption perform at 7 p.m. Monday (August 13th) at the Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre), 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $45, $35 and $29.50. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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